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Chennai holders and five-time Mumbai champions still winless this season

Reigning Indian Premier League champions Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai India, the tournament’s most successful team, struggled to kick off their IPL 2022 campaigns as both sides suffered their fourth defeat in as many matches on Saturday .

Chennai named Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja as captain two days before the start of the world’s richest Twenty20 tournament after talismanic Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who led them to four IPL titles, gave up the role.

The side, which have finished runners-up on five occasions, went down to Sunrisers Hyderabad by eight wickets on Saturday to remain winless.

Head coach Stephen Fleming said the team was lacking in all departments and needed to quickly find the confidence to turn things around.

“We were well dominated today. We are learning in a way,” former New Zealand skipper Fleming told reporters, adding that Chennai was struggling with injuries to key players.

“And we haven’t had any evidence to help believe. We’re not winning any games. Not being on the verge of winning any games, you doubt yourself a bit and the players get a bit mean.

“We just don’t put ourselves in a position to pressure the opposition and we just come a long way behind. It takes one or two good performances and then you get a bit of conviction and a bit of proof that you’re an OK side. and you leave. But at the moment we are looking very far away from that.

Five-time champion Mumbai suffered a spectacular collapse, losing six wickets for 29 runs after a top 50 against Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Mumbai, led by all-format India captain Rohit Sharma, recovered through Suryakumar Yadav’s splendid unbeaten 68 to post 151-6 but it wasn’t enough as Bangalore comfortably chased him with nine balls to spare and seven wickets in hand.

The team has traditionally been a slow start in the IPL and team manager Zaheer Khan isn’t giving up hope.

“You have to be able to close those moments in the game where the momentum changes. We as a team weren’t able to do that,” said former India fashion designer Zaheer.

“There are still 11 league games left. We have to get going. It’s only a matter of (the) first victory. Sometimes you also tighten up, you start to doubt yourself in situations where the pressure is on. higher. .”

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